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Kansas City Southern (KSU - Analyst Report) was this week's top performer in the Focus List, edging out Xyratex (XTRX).

Kansas City Southern engages in the freight rail transportation business. It operates north/south rail between Kansas City and various ports along the Gulf of Mexico.

This Zacks #1 Rank stock was added to the Focus List on Feb 10. It has gained 27.5% since being added to the portfolio.

Strong First-Quarter Earnings

The company had revenue of $436.3 million, a 26% increase from the prior year. Operating income jumped 127% year-over-year to $108.2 million. Earnings per share came in at $0.44, easily topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14 cents, or 46.7%.

In the last three quarters, Kansas City Southern has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 26.0%.

The company indicated that its widespread volume gains are encouraging signs for the remainder of 2010. However, KSU is still taking a cautious view of its business and will continue to focus on maximizing profitability through efficient operations and stringent cost controls.

Estimates

Analysts boosted their estimates after KSU's Q1 report. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2010 climbed 37 cents, 24.8%, to $1.86, and the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2011 increased 41 cents, or 21.0%, to $2.36.

Here are the top five stocks in the Focus List in the last week.

Company Ticker One-Week
Return
Kansas City Southern (KSU - Analyst Report) 14.9%
Xyratex Ltd. XRTX 14.0%
G-III Apparel (GIII - Snapshot Report) 9.8%
Parexel (PRXL - Snapshot Report) 8.4%
Perrigo (PRGO - Analyst Report) 7.5%

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